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"The development of a foetus [fetus] is followed in detail, and the absence of a common bloodstream is emphasized."
"presents vital information accurately and in good taste"
Ken Smith sez: Little Johnny Burke asks his dad where babies come from. "From the grace of heaven," dad chuckles, but Johnny is not so easily dissuaded. "What would you reply?" asks the narrator, and this straightforward film then attempts to give us the answer. Through the use of animation, we see wiggly sperm, ovulating eggs, and ink wash illustrations of babies growing in the womb. But are you really going to tell your kid; "Then the walls of the uterus become engorged with blood and fluids"? Good luck. Remade in 1966.
- 2002-07-16 00:00:00
- Closed captioning
- United States
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Subject: A Bit Involved
BTW, among Italians - Sicilians in particular, the hymen is PROOF of virginity and in those days it was not unusual for an Italian - American girl to make an appointment with the doctor to "confirm" that it's intact. It was a big deal in our Italian community. So don't believe everything you hear.
A very well done film appropriate for high school age kids. I also think my parents could have been enlightened by this film. "You wanna do WHAT?" was not a remark taken lightly by my dad. 2 weeks after marriage dad had to send mom off to have a little chat with her mother because babies (to her astonishment) do not come from dancing. She was clueless.
The actual fertilization thing would have been much more understandable if they didn't cut out the business end of the erect penis and showed how the virgina actually rhythmically gets stretched from time to time.
And yes, you have to "beat the bishop" to expediently get rid of those unneeded sperms.
Subject: The Film I Never Got to See...
The lead-in is a vignette of a little boy who presses his parents for more information about why Mommies bring babies into the world. The scripting is thin, but it serves it's purpose well enough.
When I was in grade school, neither my school nor my parents wanted anything to do with informing me about sex, or the anatomy of a man. Those were to be avoided at all costs. (I remember saying "Eewwww! I would NEVER touch a man there!!!) In the end, I got the information from the secret section in the reference department of the school library where books that were never to be taken out lived.
Some parents may balk at the idea that their child will become sexually aware, but the sad news is, holding back because your religion or upbringing prevents it, can, in this day and age, have dire health consequences. With the collapse of the laws that protected children from televised references to sex, we are seeing more and more foul language. The "F" word has become so common that it's bandied about carelessly, and using it quickly became as annoying and repulsive as "Y'know" or "Gag me with a spoon!" during the Valley Girl days came to be.
Video games and anime are both rife with sexual content, little of which is balanced or "healthy" Chances are very good that your children will know the meanings of "hentai", "yaoi", and "ecchi", long before you ever get around to talking to them yourself, and given that some Japanese sexual material is STILL couched in old traditions, they may also be exposed to depictions of forced sex and sex with children. (In ages past in Japan, it was possible to buy or trade goods for the virginity of a young girl. That would mean her first experience would be with someone much older, and whom she barely knew.)
While Japan is making solid inroads in making cultural and societal changes that ban such manga material, they will not achieve it for sometime to come, and given the spectrum I've seen thus far, no child, who has full, unsupervised access to the Internet, will be immune, and given that the Internet is the ultimate source of freely available information, any parent would be foolish not to guide the child in a safe and responsible way. After all, pioneers, trekking across the US, and the Native Americans in their many tipis all conceived and brought up families in close proximity to older children. They can handle it, if you can, and if you can't, this film might be a really good place to start. If they know that they can come to you for straight answers, they will enter the world of adults with a backup team that can support them and dispel rumors as they mature. It would be far worse if the bulk of their knowledge on the subject came from lurid cutscenes in Grand Theft Auto V.
Therefore, in summation, I heartily recommend this film for its accuracy and for its candor, and for its depiction of a functioning family able to communicate with each other.
Subject: By the grace of heaven...
Good sardonic narrator too. The explanations are very straightforward and do not seem dated. I think the lack of pubic hair in the woman is kind of odd though. The male erection is also completely cropped out. Also notable is that the male explanation/model portrays a male with foreskin, which was a somewhat unusual inclusion compared to even other films of its age as circumcision was already quite popular in the US when this was filmed.
Subject: So THAT'S how they do it...
Subject: i think i am going to telephone the hospital right now.
Subject: I learned a few things...
All in all, I think parents could use this film, even today.
Subject: Dad? Dad??
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